Dan from our Leeds store writes the sponsored riders blog:
Morning everyone here’s my round up of this weekends action from which came from Silverstone. It was the 9th round of the championship and the last before the title showdown. This weekend was a bit different for me as I was able to actually be at the racing and witness what goes on behind the scenes during a race weekend. One word sums up the whole weekend, BUSY!!!!
Those men and women work flat out from the moment they wake up until the last second of the day, it’s non-stop action. From things such as putting the tyre warming blankets on so that they are ready for the next session or just going to race control and picking up the time sheets. It’s amazing to see what happens behind the scenes and all the hard work that we don’t get to see on the tv coverage.
Anyway on to the racing, it was a busy day for the Superbike class as they had qualifying and a race on Saturday.
Luke Mossey made it into Q3 and the shoot out for pole position but set a time that would leave him 7th on the grid for the first race. Gino Rea was building pace throughout the whole weekend and he was happy with the times he was putting in. He would start race one from 13th on the grid just outside the top 10.
The first and only race for the superbike class to place on Saturday afternoon from the moment the lights went out, passing and action right from the word go. Both Luke and Gino had solid races with Luke maintaining his starting position to finish in 7th place. But it was Gino who had a fantastic race to bring his bike across the line in 9th place and secure his first top 10 finish of the season!!!!
The second and third races were on Sunday afternoon. Again action right from the start with riders changing places all the way through the field. Again another solid top 10 finish for the both the J&S backed riders. But this time it was Gino who got the better of Luke. Luke crossed the line in 8th position. Gino went that one better and came home in 7th place!!! Second top 10 finish of the week for Gino and the hard work is finally paying off for him and his team.
The third and final race of the day would decide which riders would go through to the top 6 showdown and see who would have a chance to fight for the title. Luke had a awful end to his week after having a massive highside crash in the opening laps of race 3. Luke’s crash was down to tyre problem which sent him flying off his bike and he unfortunately landed on his head, thankfully he was able to walk away from a massive crash.
Gino had a tough final race and crossed the line in 14th place after slipping back after the restart of the race none the less it was a fantastic weekend for Gino and his team.
In the Motostar class we had young Taylor Moreton racing, he had an up and down weekend after his old team pulled out of the championship, the weekend was even more difficult for the young man considering he had broken both his feet in a crash last time out at Cadwell park!!! Nonetheless he carried on and did a fantastic job in qualifying and started from 18th overall but 6th in his class. The first race was action packed and Taylor crossed the line in 18th overall but 7th in his class, slowly building momentum up through the weekend. The second race for him was on Sunday which he came home in 19th overall and 9th in his class. Great work by Taylor after an eventful weekend.
Onto the Supersport 600 class and J&S had 3 riders taking part this weekend. Qualifying took place on Saturday morning, mixed conditions for these guys with a few clouds but more importantly a damp track causing a few problems for some of the riders.
David Allingham had a mixed session and started the first race from 17th overall and 15th in the Supersport class. It was a testing weekend for David as he was on a new machine and also his first weekend back after injuring his hand at Thruxton.
Jamie Perrin also had a testing qualifying session after having a small crash, this led to him injuring his elbow and requiring a few stitches to the wound, and being unable to go back out and better his time. He started the first race from 25th overall but 21st in class.
Harry Truelove started from 23rd overall but in 19th in the Supersport class.
The first race took part on Saturday afternoon, all of the riders gained places from the starting positions. Harry moved up 5 places and finished 18th overall and 16th in the Supersport class. Jamie had a fantastic race and came home in 11th overall and 9th in the Supersport class, it’s a massive jump considering he started from 25th on the grid.
David had a solid race and worked his way through the field to finish inside the top 10 by crossing the line in 10th place and the 8th Supersport machine to finish!!
The second race took place on Sunday, Jamie had a frustrating finish to his weekend and had a DNF on lap 13, here’s hoping for better luck next time out.
Harry finished 18th overall and scored a championship point by being the 15th Supersport 600 bike to cross the line.
David again had a solid race and was gaining all the time and came home in 7th place overall but 5h in the Supersport class.
The last class is the Superstock 1000. J&S had Billy McConnell and Joe Collier riding this weekend as Andy Reid is out still after only just having the casts removed from his injured wrists.
Again mixed conditions for the Superstock class as the track was damp in places. It was Billy McConnell who put his Suzuki on pole by over half a second!!
Joe Collier put his EHA Racing Aprilia in 8th place, it was a case of being on track at the right time and making the most of the conditions to suit each rider.
The first race was a 2 part race over 24 laps each, with half points being awarded for each part of the race.
Billy crossed the line in 9th and 4th in the second part, but Billy had tyre problems in the first part of the race as it started to delaminate from the wheel and massive chunks were being torn off which left him lacking grip towards the later stages of the race. It could have been very different for Billy as at the start of second part of the race Keith Farmer forgot to put his bike into gear and stalled his BMW, which meant that Billy had to take avoiding action and only just missed him.
Joe had a more profitable first race after being stuck behind a few riders, he worked his way past them and came home in 5th place after the first 24 laps and the went a few places better and crossed the line in 3rd place in the second 24 laps.
The last race for the Superstock class took place on Sunday lunchtime. The original race had to be restarted after lap 5 due to a red flag incident.
Both Billy had Joe had issues during the race, with Billy again having a tyre problem but still came home in 4th position and Joe had a clutch problem right from the first lap of the restart. Both riders really nursed the bikes home but some how managed to still push when needed.
The championship is really close now, with only 6.5 points covering the top 3. Billy leads by 0.5 point from Keith Farmer and the Joe sitting in third place.
That’s all from me for now but the championship now moves on to Oulton Park for the next round which takes place over the weekend of 14th, 15th and 16th of September. It’s the second time this season that the riders would have been there so it’s all to play for.
Until next time,